'Weeds' Canceled by Showtime; Season 8 Will Be the Show's Last

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June 13th, 2012

Update: Showtime has issued a press release

via press release:

Eighth & Final Season of the Network’s Long-Running Hit Comedy Series to Bow July 1st at 10 PM ET/PT


LOS ANGELES, CA – (June 13, 2012) – The show that introduced America to a pot-dealing soccer mom and changed the face of the network is sparking up its final toke: after eight unforgettable, jaw-dropping seasons, WEEDS is coming to an end. SHOWTIME will air the final 13 episodes beginning Sunday, July 1st at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. In addition, the series will achieve a much-coveted television milestone: the 11th episode of the season will mark the series’ 100th. Created by Jenji Kohan and produced by Lionsgate, WEEDS has been honored with multiple award nominations, including 21 Emmys®, 10 Golden Globes® and six SAG® Awards over the course of its seven seasons on air. Its success put SHOWTIME on the map as a destination for top-quality original series and set the stage for hits like DEXTER®, NURSE JACKIE, CALIFORNICATION and HOMELAND.


"WEEDS has been a seminal series for SHOWTIME and was key in establishing the network as a home for great original programming," said David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. "It has had a groundbreaking run, and will be one of the longest-running comedies in the history of cable. It was very important to us that we bring the story of Nancy Botwin and her family to a satisfying conclusion for the devoted fans who have spent years following these characters. Jenji has surprised us every step of the way with her storytelling and I am confident in her plan for a spectacular series conclusion.”


Since its debut on August 7, 2005, viewers have watched and marveled as Nancy Botwin (series star Mary-Louise Parker in her Golden Globe Award-winning role) progressed from a suburban widow who turned to selling dime bags to make ends meet for her family to a full-fledged marijuana queenpin. She was aided by brother-in-law Andy (Justin Kirk) to help raise her sons Silas (Hunter Parrish) and Shane (Alexander Gould) – along with fellow Agrestic neighbor Doug (Kevin Nealon) in constant tow. Her narcissistic, danger-junkie antics paved the way for future sympathetic yet highly flawed anti-heroes who have since become standard television fare. The show and its many signature moments (including Nancy setting Agrestic ablaze, Shane’s croquet mallet-bludgeoning, Andy’s dog-eaten toes and self-gratification speech, the Armenian mafia Mexican stand-off, etc.) generated critical acclaim, a legion of fans and watercooler buzz for their sheer outrageousness.


“WEEDS was a groundbreaking series for us,” said Kevin Beggs, President, Lionsgate Television Group. “The brilliant work of Jenji Kohan, Mary-Louise Parker and the entire cast and creative team -- and the resulting popularity of the series both here and abroad – were game-changing for our TV division and set the stage for all the shows we’ve produced since. Though it will be hard to say goodbye, this last season will be an exciting one that we trust will reward fans with a conclusion befitting their support and loyalty for so many years.”


For the final season, it’s back to the ‘burbs for the Botwins. The fallout from the shot heard round the Tri-State area will transform everyone for the better, at least initially. The tragedy has caused Nancy to turn over a new (pot) leaf and return to her pre-dealing soccer mom ways. Meanwhile, Andy finds some semblance of love with someone uncomfortably close to Nancy, and Doug uses his hedge-fund money in a surprisingly good way. But just as it was in Agrestic, nothing is as serene as it seems in Old Sandwich, Connecticut. Just how long before the Botwins return to their old ways and blow up this new neighborhood, literally and/or figuratively, will remain to be seen.


About Showtime Networks Inc.:

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.


Showtime has announced that Weeds season eight, which will premiere Sunday July 1 at 10PM, will be the show's last.  Showtime president David Nevins told Entertainment Weekly, "TV fans love nothing better than to complain about how shows end and we really want to end this one the right way.”

The eighth season will feature a time jump from the seventh season finale, and a return to the suburban setting of the early seasons of the show.


  • joss

    OMG numb ….

  • One

    Oh, I’m sure THAT will be well recieved…

  • Brian

    Great show hope it goes out the way that it deserves to.

  • Mark

    Great show! I’ve enjoyed every season, hopefully the theme song and Celia will be back!

  • Harris

    Cancelled is a harsh phrase. It’s ending properly, and that’s all you could ever hope for for any TV show. Eight seasons is a lot, and that’s really more than you can hope for out of a TV show.

  • OMG

    I have no idea what this show is or is about, but doesn’t this seem a lot more like ending announced instead of cancellation? If the show needs to end creatively, then it ends, and it is not the same as getting cancelled without a proper ending.

  • OMG

    I mean even Ugly Betty that is supposedly cancelled gives a proper ending, a little rushed, but an ending nonetheless. So this should not be a cancellation.

  • Kevin

    Really wish people would stop using the word cancelled when all parties involved agree to create a series finale…its not like it was actually cancelled.

  • Chris

    Oh c’mon, you really think the producers of Weeds wouldn’t have happily taken another eight seasons if they could get it?

    It’s CANCELED. The salaries kept getting higher, while the ratings kept getting lower. Don’t try to tell me there was some deep artistic reason for the show to run eight seasons.

    If Weeds isn’t canceled, neither is Fringe. :)

  • Alan

    I will miss it, but it was time to end it.

  • Greg

    It was about time. I still enjoy it as a Summer TV show, but I won’t miss it. Hopefully they’ll do the same with The Big C (or at least renew it for a final 10-episode season), which has turned into a trainwreck this season.

  • Aerilyn

    If the writers are actually getting to end the season with a proper finish, then I’d hardly say it was cancelled. The network has just decided to end the show.

    Cancelled in terms of TV means ending prematurely or before one is able to finish its entire story. Weeds isn’t getting that, it’s getting the chance to wrap everything up.

    So cancelled is the wrong word to use here.

  • HT

    It’s a TV show, it’s not coming back next year – cancelled/non-renewed, whatever – it will be old news soon. Get over it.

  • Rod

    phew …. i saw canceled and showtime and thought it was the big c

  • Greg

    Technically, cancelled only means the show is not producing anymore episodes. The fact that it didn’t get a proper ending is just something we assume given that the writers didn’t receive a warning that their show was going to end.

  • Tommy

    Put me in the camp that agrees there is a difference between “ended” and “canceled” and to me WEEDS is ending, not being canceled. The cast only extended their contracts for an eight season when Showtime wanted to extend them for seasons 8 and 9; not to mention that all the writers have taken other positions and the creator commenting last summer that she envisioned season 8 as the last and would be leaving afterwards to concentrate on her new Netflix show.

    @Rod – I had the same fear too until I saw the picture. At this point I just want an answer from SHOWTIME. They seems to be making every announcement possible except the fate of “The Big C”.

  • hubert_wentland

    why so harsh? it’s not being cancelled, it’s being ended. like DH and House ended. Missing was cancelled, so was GCB. and HTBaG. but Weeds is being ended and i’ll stick witch that version ;p

  • Aedan

    In regards to the “fans complaining” yeah when you spend time watching a show for multiple seasons and an ending is disappointing of course people get frustrated!

  • Harris

    @Chris If they are given the chance to end properly, then it isn’t a cancellation. They are being given a season to wrap up. Chuck wasn’t cancelled, nor has Fringe been cancelled, and neither has this. In-fact, if you read the renew/cancel index or bubble watch, they are careful to say “Final Season”, not “Cancelled”. Two different things.

  • velouria00

    Only about 4-5 seasons too late there Showtime.

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